New Leash on Life

A New Leash On Life

Since 2006 we have partnered with a local Correctional Institute in a program called "A New Leash on Life." This program allows eight inmates to train four of our dogs in basic obedience. The dogs spend ten weeks in training at the correctional facility. The program makes our animals more adoptable, preparing them for their forever homes, and has changed the lives of all the inmates involved.

 

Humane Society Dogs Go Home with AKC Registrations

Through New Program

 The Avery County Humane Society has joined forces with the American Kennel Club to provide more training and opportunities for the community’s homeless dogs.

 Now all dogs that graduate from the New Leash on Life program will go to their new homes with a registration in the AKC Canine Partners program. The Canine Partners program enables mixed-breeds and purebreds “without papers” to enjoy AKC benefits and compete in AKC events, including agility and rally trials.

The registrations include other benefits of value to all dog owners, including 60 days of free pet health insurance and a one-year subscription to the AKC Family Dog magazine that includes tips on training, grooming and health care.

Owners receive a registration certificate from AKC, suitable for framing, which includes the dog’s name and individual AKC number.

 “This is a great opportunity for the new owners of our dogs to receive valuable resources from the AKC to help them care for and train their dogs,” said Charlene Calhoun, shelter manager. “It also gives our owners and dogs access to all the events and programs that the AKC offers.”

 Avery County Humane Society works in conjunction with the Mountain View Correctional Institute in Spruce Pine on the New Leash on Life program that benefits both the shelter’s dogs and the prison’s inmates. Shelter dogs live with inmates, who are selected as trainers, for several weeks. Professional dog trainers conduct classes at the prison and advise the inmates on the dogs’ behavioral and training needs.

 The socialization and training prepare the dogs for life with their new families, and that increases their adoptability. “Having basic training and socialization will make these dogs’ transition into their new homes much smoother for both them and their new families,” Calhoun said. New Leash on Life also benefits the inmates who learn responsibility and dog care skills that may help them find future employment in the animal care field.

 The AKC looks forward to a long relationship with the Avery Humane Society and New Leash on Life, which is a program of the NC Department of Corrections. “We are delighted to work with such a dedicated group of people who work so diligently to find good homes for these deserving dogs,” said Mark Dunn, Assistant Vice President of AKC Canine Partners.

 The American Kennel Club Inc.  is the oldest dog registry in the country, having been founded in 1884. The not-for-profit organization not only registers dogs and governs dog shows, it works to improve the health and welfare of all dogs though the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the AKC Companion Animal Recovery service, disaster relief and more.

For more information on adopting a dog, contact the Avery Humane Society at 828-733-2333 or averyhumanesociety@att.net. For more information on AKC Canine Partners, contact akccaninepartners@akc.org or call 919-816-3749.

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Judy Rowand and Mr. Sparks

Judy and Ron Rowand were the initial trainers for the New Leash on Life Program. Judy has been a professional trainer for over 40 yrs. Judy helped get the flagship program started in Marion and Black Mt units. Ron and Judy are happy to be helping with the program at Mt. View Correctional facility.

Leash on Life

 

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From left to right: Britton "Cash", Esmerelda, Bonnie and Indie! All have been adopted.

 

Available Dogs in Training

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Esmerelda and Trainers 

ADOPTED

Esmerelda

2 Year Old
Spayed Female
Plott Hound Mix

"Esmerelda is a very timid dog, who once she warms up and gets to know you turns into a little clown." Trainers Call and Medina

Esmerelda is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation.

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Bonnie and Trainers

ADOPTED

Bonnie

1 Year Old
Spayed Female
Beagle Mix

"Bonnie is a little fireball of energy, love and intelligence. Exceptionally obedient. She loves to snuggle play. She wants to be your best companion!" Trainers Willard and Lagunas

Bonnie is friendly and playful with children and has lived with cats and dogs. She loves to be petted and loved on. Bonnie is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation.

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Britton Cash and Trainers

 ADOPTED

Britton

11 Month Old
Neutered Male
English Shepherd Mix

Britton is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation.

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Indie and Trainers

 ADOPTED

Indie

11 Month Old
Spayed Female
Lab/Hound Mix

Indie was adopted and brought back because she didn't like the owners smaller dog. She is very energetic and will need some training because she is still a puppy. Indie is described as very loving and likes lots of attention.

Indie is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation.

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Indie belly rub-2 Indie goes belly up at the drop of a hat! She loves attention!

Esmerelda small break-2 <~~Esmerelda and Call taking a short break.

Bonnie learning her "down". She sure is a sweet girl. ~~> Bonnie downs-2

Clyde getting attention <~ Clyde getting a belly rub. He is such a love sponge!

Pumpkin waiting her turn <~ Pumpkin waiting to show her stuff!

Luna waits <~ Luna waiting her turn.      

River Heidi takes a bow <~ River takes a bow!

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Ox taking a break